Statistics about Cold sores


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Cold sores. The term 'prevalence' of Cold sores usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Cold sores at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Cold sores refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Cold sores diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Cold sores: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Cold sores)
  Prevalance of Cold sores: estimated 50 to 80% of Americans have HSV-1
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 2 or 50.00% or 136 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence statistics about Cold sores: The following statistics relate to the incidence of Cold sores:
  • 6,787 new cases of first attack of herpes simplex in England and Wales 2001(PHLS, London, 2002)
  • 12% increase in the number of cases of first attack of herpes simplex in England and Wales 1996-2001 (PHLS, London, 2002)

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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